Talking Sex with ShanBoody [Inspiration District]

A penny for my thoughts?

As a fan of most things YouTube, I meet new people via this new age chatroom every day. What is less frequent however, is meeting someone who can open my eyes to things I’ve hardly stopped to think about. So what did I do when I met the friend I felt like I’ve been waiting for my whole life? BINGE WATCH! Yes, even though I could see my irl deadlines staring into my soul, I ignored those unnecessary demons and clicked that autoplay button as if I’ve never heard about that savage concept called school and the responsibilities it carries.

And 3 hours later, when I’ve finally looked up from the blinding lights of the small laptop I’ve been snuggled up in front of, I’ve decided that that’s it! ShanBoody is my new soul mate (not to be confused with the term life partner-something I cheekily learned in the midst of those bliss-filled hours ). So when I was offered the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with this intelligent being, I could do nothing but ask her exactly what was on my heart.

Shannon Boodram, sexologist, author and  YouTuber extraordinaire, has opened my eyes to a road less travelled – and on that road, it’s okay to talk about sex! But before you say it, yes I know its 2017 and yes I know I’m 22 years old but I know (hope 😫) I’m not alone when I say this – having conversations about sex was just not something I believed was “normal”.  As physical beings, why shouldn’t it be normal? Why do we tend to sugar coat the facts of life when they are just that-facts of life.

Standard.net says, 40% of parents never get around to talking to their kids about sex. Having been a child of the 40% parents, I had sex-ed from multiple sources, from porn to small talk with peers. “There is  good information [about sex] on the internet, however most of it is packaged in a boring way…and most of the bad information is packaged in an exciting  way”.  Therefore, we are more likely to access the information which doesn’t end up benefiting us as much as it could. “It’s the same thing with career, you don’t just have one conversation with your kids about career, or values [or] manners, it should be a continuous conversation”.

Shannon has spent 10 years teaching and counseling, and her drive to educate on love, sex and relationships continues in her book, Laid: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture, where she collects personal stories from young people dealing with sex in today’s world. “Not having the right information definitely stared me down the wrong path”she said, and seeing a “need for a young, black, woman of color, to talk about sex from an informed position” pushed her to step out of the ideal life her parents might have initially thought, and live the life she knew she was supposed to.

As a fan and as someone who is completely fascinated by the opportunity explore this topic, I hope this interview starts a conversation we should all be having.

To see the full Skype interview I did with Shannon on Talking Sex and more, click here.

– xx, Caddy
Contributing Author
(Follow Cathy on Snapchat: @bellisticcatt)

To get to know Shannon a bit more, check out her YouTube, Twitter and her Website.

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Animated Shorts [Inspiration District]

This week’s inspiration is a simple one – Animated Shorts. These days I don’t have the attention span to watch anything longer than 30/35 minutes and so started my addiction to animated shorts. The shorts I love the most are those with these really abstract ideas and drawing styles that people don’t get exposed to often.The length isn’t the only thing that speaks to me but also the story that they tell. I always look for ones that can easily capture my interest and spark a train of thought I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’m gonna put my top 10 favourite animated shorts. Enjoy and let me know some of your own favourites in the comments.

– Kerine

Welcome to Night Vale [Inspiration District]

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates
 for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, 
announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky,
 dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.

– from the Welcome to Night Vale website

Listening to story/fiction podcasts is easily one of my favourite things to do. I always find it engrossing how much storytelling can be done in an audio dramatization. These scripted, aural masterpieces are the  best example of all the possibilities and avenues available for bringing an idea to life. For me, my go-to for a quirky dark- (and paranormal-) humor plot definitely has to be Welcome to Night Vale. 

A simple way to explain it is that: Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast presented as a radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events that occur within it.

The best thing about this 100+ episodic podcast by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, is the unpredictability with its concepts, twists and “characters” within the town.

As part of the Night Vale Presents Network, it is one the 4 shows they have on their roster for anyone who’s looking to deviate from everyday storytelling. The growing fandom, merch and live shows is proof that you should give it (or any of their other shows) a listen.

As a ‘writer’ who does most of my pieces in free-form, new and exciting platforms and storytellers are always catching my eye — or ear and remind me that how I express myself shouldn’t matter once I enjoy how I do it.

If you want to enjoy some new podcasts, here’s: 11 Fiction Podcasts Worth a Listen

Here’s What’s New for February!

Most of my February content has been planned already and will be following the same blog format -> Here’s the Blog Format.

What’s new for this month?

A new mystery series on my Wattpad Page

Excerpts. background and behind the scene details for the poems in my book Epiphany

Posting some new designs for an official blog logo.

I’ll be testing out a new discussion segment to start a conversation on popular topics and much more.

Like, comment and follow to keep up with the new changes!

Michael Faudet [Inspiration District]

The first time I came across Michael Faudet, was when I was an avid Tumblr user. I wasn’t exactly sure what his charm was for me but I am – since then – a huge fan of his. There was something to be admired about mysterious persona and the way he mixed his alluring writing with a tasteful erotic perspective. And ever since I’ve followed his works (and those of similar authors/poets such as Lang Leav). He’s like a “romantic with a dirty mind”.

If you want a quick intro to who he is and what he’s about, check out this interview with the one and only:

Michael Faudet’s Interview

Enjoy!

– Kerine